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Is polyester tent fabric waterproof?

The polyester tent fabric is highly water-resistant. The tent can be waterproof or water-resistant based on different materials. Among them, cotton fabric is naturally waterproof and breathable. As for other synthetic fabrics such as polyester tent fabric and nylon, although the material itself is not waterproof, the additional waterproof coating can also achieve the effect of water resistance.

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What a tent will bring us?

A tent is a commonly used outdoor shelter that can be made of a variety of materials. Tents vary in size depending on the purpose. And it has a wide range of uses. It can help us to solve the trouble from wind, rain, sun, and leaves during camping. The tent provides us with a quiet and safe protected space.

The most daily application is camping tents, camping tents are mainly divided into two types according to the use of scenarios. One is the backpacking light tent. With the characteristics of lightweight and small size, it can be carried in a backpack.

Another kind of tent is suitable for the whole family. This kind of tent is mostly made of polyester. Suitable for the whole family when camping. Set up and tear down can be completed within 30 minutes.

What to consider when we choose tent material?

The first factor is performance, whether waterproof, whether UV-resistant, heat insulation, wind-resistant, mold-resistant, tear-resistant, water-absorbent, and fast-drying. Then the weight, size, maintenance difficulty, and price are all needed to consider seriously.

The above factors are what we need to take into account when we consider comprehensively, but we will choose based on the aspects we value most. If what you value most is the performance of your tent in the rain, then this article is exactly what you need. This article will introduce the waterproof performance of several different materials for tents.

Waterproof vs. water-resistant

First, we need to understand the clear and subtle distinction between the two descriptions.

Waterproof means impervious to water, no matter how long the subject remains in the water.

While the definition of water-resistant means the ability to resist the penetration of water to some certain degree, but not completely.

What does waterproof rating really mean?

It’s a measurement of the fabric’s ability to resist water. A higher waterproof rating means it absorbs water more slowly and blocks water from entering for a longer period of time, which means it stays dry longer. We can know the water-resistant performance of the fabric material according to the waterproof rating.

Water-resistance performance of polyester tent fabric and other 2 materials

  • Polyester vs. Nylon

Polyester tent fabric in Unisign is a tough as well as lightweight material. The threads themselves, made of solid plastic, are waterproof, but when they are compiled together there is a small gap, a gap that may allow water to pass through. However, as the number of threads woven increases, the gap will be smaller and the water barrier will improve. In addition, the surface coating on polyester fabric will allow water droplets to slide off the surface rather than penetrate into the fabric.

Since we are exploring the performance of these materials in the rain, there is one more point worth mentioning is that polyester has fast-drying properties, faster drying than nylon materials, and waterproof performance is gradually improving, so it is widely used in outdoor fabrics.

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  • Cotton

Cotton fabrics are naturally waterproof, but it absorbs water. It will be heavier after absorbing water and adds the weight of the tent. Another point to note because cotton is absorbent, you need to make sure the tent is in a dry state before putting it away to avoid mold and mildew.

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